Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.
Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.
Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable.
African-American History Tour
The south's first African-American millionaire. A hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. Memphis' first African-American schoolteacher. These are only three of the individuals you will learn about, and visit, during this African-American History Tour of Elmwood.
This tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are suggested. Register for this event by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. Cost is $15 per person. Starts at 10:30 AM.
Willy Bearden's Elmwood
Take a walking tour of Elmwood Cemetery with writer, producer, photographer, musician and the Delta's own Willy Bearden. On this tour, Willy will share some of his favorite places and stories at Elmwood. This unique tour should be taken as an hour and a half long conversation with the tour guide. Students of photography are most welcome.
Good walking shoes and a sense of wonder are encouraged. Admission is $15, and all proceeds benefit Elmwood. We'll begin at 10:30 AM.
Register online or call 901-774-3212.
Pawing Through History: A Dog-Friendly Tour
Bring the pups to Elmwood! We ask that all dogs remain on a leash while a docent takes the group around the cemetery for an all-walking history tour focusing on the animal symbolism found on the headstones at Elmwood. This tour starts at 10:30 AM and will last approximately 90 minutes.
Space for this tour is limited to 25 people and advance registration is required. The cost for this tour is $15 per person.
We kindly ask that you leave grumpy puppies at home.
Elmwood is known for its large collection of Victorian funerary art. Students enrolling in Stone College will be trained to assist in the preservation of Elmwood’s oldest and most fragile monuments. This workshop will focus on cleaning, leveling and restoring monuments. Graduates of this three hour workshop will be invited to participate in scheduled monument cleanings and restoration events throughout the year.
Class will meet on Saturday, May 3rd at 9:30 AM. Tuition to attend Elmwood University is $25 per person. Please wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes that you would not mind getting dirty as this is a hands-on workshop.
For more information, call 901-774-3212.
Mother's Day Tea
Take time out from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a lovely mid-morning tea at Elmwood. After "momosas" and tea , which will includes scones, brownies and lemon squares, there will be an abbreviated tour of the cemetery grounds. What a grand way to spend a spring morning!
Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing is recommended. Admission is $35 per person and advance registration is required. This event begins at 10:00 AM.
Read In Peace
Join the Read In Peace Book Club this month as Elmwood's own Dale Schaefer reviews Carroll Seabrook Leatherman's memoir described here:
Here is a well-written, carefully outlined time capsule and record of a bygone era, truly gone with the wind with an interesting look at today. Leatherman was born in 1928 with a pedigree about as pure Southern as you can get...
Read more of this review at: http://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Miss-Carroll-Seabrook-Leatherman/dp/0974824305/ref=cm_cr-mr-title
The meeting begins at 10 AM and lasts about an hour. Reserve your seat at the table by emailing cookie [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org. Free to the public; donations to Elmwood's Lot Book Preservation Fund are appreciated.
What A Way To Go Tour
Meet us at the cemetery.
Friday, May 23rdth, we're offering a presentation of the What A Way To Go Tour. We'll meet in the historic Cottage at 5:30 PM and then head out into the time capsule known as Elmwood. You'll hear about a deadly snowball, a fall...or was it a push?...overboard, poisionous cookies, and more.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Call us at 901-774-3212 to register. $30 per body reserves your spot. Food and beverages included. Limited space is available and advance registration is required.
History Tour of Elmwood
For more than a decade, the volunteer Elmwood docents have led history tours of the cemetery grounds. These all-walking tours are open to the public. There's no better way to learn the history of Memphis than with a tour of Elmwood!
Tours leave the Cottage at 10:30 a.m. and last about 90 minutes. The cost is $15/person and no advance registration is required. We recommend weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes for this tour.
Elmwood & The Civil War
When Elmwood cemetery was founded in 1852, the original proprietors set aside eight acres of land for the interment of veterans who died in the line of fire. They had no idea that, less than a decade later, the United States would be torn apart by great internal conflict, and that Elmwood's services would be needed immediately.
Civil War Historian and Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison will lead a tour of Civil War history as it is found at Elmwood. There are 19 Confederate Generals, 2 Union Generals, and over 1,000 veterans from both sides resting at Elmwood. Some of their stories will be told...
This is an all-walking tour that will last 2 hours. The cost is $15 per person.
This tour starts at 10:30 AM. For more information, call 774-3212.
Investigation of Elmwood Cemetery with Expedition Unknnown
Many have asked if the grounds of the cemetery see unexplained activity. There have been reports of four Victorian men standing on a corner near one intersection in the cemetery. Others have reported whistling - from no one - in the Cottage...
Join the team from Expedition Unknown, a TAPS Family Member Team, as they teach you how to discover what can't be easily seen. This teaching event takes place on Friday, June 13th, from 7 until 9 PM. Handheld recording devices are strongly encouraged. Bring your flashlight, digital camera, or audio recorder to this class. Good walking shoes are encouraged for this walk through the cemetery.
Registration is required. Cost is $50 per adult. This class is offered for those 18 and older only.